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children. president vladimir putin signed the law this week. >> you know, russia actually ranks third of all the countries for u.s. adoptions, just behind china and ethiopia. but president putin has made it official, banning adoptions by americans. and it is all over a diplomatic issue. >> reporter: lee allen and his wife planned to adopt only one baby in russia, but they couldn't bear to leave behind a baby that shared the same crib. >> the boys had already made a home in my heart. and all i wanted to do was go across over to russia, go over the ocean and bring them home. and i counted the days and hours until i could do that. >> reporter: today, the two boys, jason and john christian are 13 years old, and this is how they describe their lives. >> i can't believe i'm here with the family, i love it. >> reporter: but their adoptions almost didn't happen. about the time lee allen was going to adopt them in 1999, a newly appointed president putin imposed a ban on adoptions, but that was lifted six months later. once again, russia has placed a ban on adoptions by americans. the issue has
apart. russia officially bans the adoption of russian children by americans. >>> and for the second time in a month, a man pushed to his death from a new york city subway platform in the path of an oncoming train. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley. you're in "the situation room." >>> all eyes on that white house this hour. and the meeting that may be the last best chance to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. right now, the leaders of the house and senate are sitting down with president obama in a search for an 11th hour deal to prevent severe tax hikes and spending cuts from automatically kicking in with the new year. cnn's chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is getting new details. jess can ka, what are you hearing about that meeting? >> reporter: candy, the president is going to explain or reiterate the position he took on friday, that he would like a plan that extends tax rates for people who make $250,000 and below but raises them for those who make more than that. that it extends unemployment benefits for americans. and if the president, i'm told will
rights and supporters say boosts egypt's political stability. >>> and russia's upper house of parliament has approve adverse hal measure banning address adoption of russian children by americans. the legislation goes to putin for signing. this move is seen as retaliation for a law president obama signed earlier this month imposing travel and human rights restrictions. and i'll have a full report on this story later in our 6:00 p.m. hour. every year they have about 1,000 children adopted from russia by americans, but all of that could be put on hold. and it's a unclear also what's going to happen to the cases pending. but again, we'll have much more on the story coming up at 6:00 so people can tune in again. >> can't wait to see it. thanks so much. >>> you're in "the situation room." happening now, a pair of wounded firefighters. welcome to our viewers around the world. you're in "the situation room." we begin with today's heart if the dealt thank you from survivors of a christmas eve shooting. j the firefighters had just arrived at a burning home when a sniper opened fire severely woundi
as the sweetest 4-year-old boy you could ever meet. he lives in russia where the moyers visited him a few months ago with the intention of adopting him. >> we know that there are special needs children in that area of the world and that is something that we are open to and the child that we are pursing, vatalia, has down's syndrome. >> reporter: the moyers who live in georgia are facing what could be an insurmountable obstacle. president vladimir putin has indicated he will sign it into law. >> if what they say is going to happen really happens, those families are not going to be able to adopt the kids even if all the legal processes already have been in place. but much more important, let's focus on the children. what it means is those children will remain institutionalized. >> reporter: some see the russian bill as retaliation for an american law that puts restrictions on russians accused of human rights violations. according to statics by the u.s. state department, the number of russian children adopted by american couples has increased significantly in the last few years. in 2004, the number
. some u.s. senators say now is the time for russia to act. >> this is an opportunity for russia to show the international community at large that you can be a constructive force at a time of great need. and you have a unique capability as a nation to do some good. >> reporter: for the u.s., the insurgents gains are a double-edged sword. some of the most ruthlessly affected fighters also are the most radicalized. washington is moving to declare one of those groups a terrorist organization. but the obama administration worries that the stronger radical fighters become the more armed combat, not political efforts to find a solution will decide the outcome in syria. early next week secretary clinton travels to morocco for a meeting of the so-called friends of syria group. the focus will be on the opposition with the obama administration taking the first steps towards officially recognizing them. jill dougherty, cnn, dublin. >>> we're just a few minutes away from speaking with senator jim demint of south carolina. he's here live in "the situation room." he will explain his stunning decision
technologies. we have to sustain the partnerships we have. and that includes russia. we're joined by some of our russian friends here today. russia's said our current agreement hasn't kept pace with the changing relationship between our countries to which we say, let's update it. let's work with russia as an equal partner. let's continue the work that's so important to the security of both our countries. i'm optimistic that we can. we have to keep creating new partnerships. we have to make sure to paraphrase einstein that our wisdom stays ahead of our technology. and i know you're committed to this. and i want you to know that i am, too. so let me leave you with a story of that first trip dick and i took together. you may remember this, dick. i was in ukraine. we went to a facility, an old factory. we walked down these long, dark corridors, ducking our heads, stepping over puddles of something. we're not sure what it was. finally we came across some women sitting at a worktable. on it were piles of old artillery shells. and the women were sitting there taking them apart by hand, slowly, c
in russia. it faces another vote before it can be signed into law. russia is one of the top sources for international adoptions over a 12-year period, more than 45,000 u.s. adoptions came from russia. >>> and on this first day of winter, a powerful winter storm and one of the busiest travel days of the year. it's adding up to be a big headache for those trying to get out of town for the holiday. this storm that hammered the midwest, it's now on the move and cnn meteorologist's alexandra steele, how bad could it get? >> it's been rough and it's getting rough tonight. here's what is happening with the delays, predominantly in new york, laguardia, jfk. boston as well. laguardia to newark to boston. san francisco has had four-hour delays. now 3 1/2 hours and it is weather-related there, too. ft. lauderdale is having a volume issue. this is the exiting storm, this rain that is leaving. skies are drying out but temperatures will drop precipitously. this is where the travel will really get tough. rochester, buffalo, six to 12 inches of knsnow coming for the. washington, baltimore, clears o
minister tony blair. he's now the special envoy to the middle east for the u.s., russia, the european union and the united nations. prime minister, thanks, as usual, for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. >> good to see you the other day in jerusalem. let's talk about what's happening in the middle east right now. the u.s., the obama administration, nato now obviously very concerned about the regime of president assad potentially using chemical weapons, poison gas against its own people. here's the question, what is the difference killing civilians in syria with bombs from jet fighters or attack helicopters as opposed to using say poison gas or chemical warfare? >> that's a good question. in one sense in moral terms, there is no difference and almost 40,000 people have died in syria already. but i think the use of chemical weapons and poison gas, i think the fatalities would be very much greater. and it does cross a line. these aren't judgments that you can make in any scientific way. but i think what your administration, the international community is signaling to president assad, if you cros
this and clearly marked on this rocket, made in russia. when he first started, he tells us, he would modify exploded rockets. from here to here, for example, it's our adjustment as are the fins, he says. we would shoot one and it would just go three kilometers or it would turn back around in our direction. now he designs from scratch. mixing a substance he won't reveal but that it's imported from outside with the explosive he extracts from the government's artillery. he may be the master bombmaker but he says he's a man of peace. he wants to see a democratic syria that reflects this nation's rich diversity and he believes that after the assad regime falls, there will be another evolution to purge this one of extremists and opportunists. arwa damon, cnn. >> we're getting new information coming in to "the situation room" right now. u.s. officials reporting that an american citizen has been detained in north korea now for over a month. let's bring in he wielise who i getting details for us. what do we know? >> the man's name is kenneth bay and we believe he's a korean-american. he's been detai
. south korea, u.s., japan, russia, china, though, obviously not so happy. >> what are they bracing for right now in south korea? we know the korean peninsula is always tense. assume the forces are on a higher state of alert right now but what do they think this new young leader in north korea might do next? specifically in terms of provocative steps. >> well, we heard from the defense ministry on wednesday and they said indeed they have lifted that military alert level to number two. so the second highest out of three. they said at this point they don't see any signs or any moves of more provocations from north korea. so we could imagine that that alert level if that continues to be the case could come back down again. and it's interesting on the streets of seoul, the people that we spoke to, the concern is there but it's more low-key. people have seen this before. seoul residents have are been living through this for more than 60 years as south korea is still technically at war with north korea. there was never a peace tret tea signed. there have been provocations and nuclear test
said russia is not concerned about assad's fate. south korea's president elect is pledging to, quote, take care of our people one by one. park geun-hye will take office in february. park is the first woman ever elected to lead south korea. >>> nasenate republicans want t slash it in half, a $60 billion bill to rebuild after hurricane san deech sandy. critics are saying that there really projects unrelated to the october storm. democrats want the package to clear congress before the end of the year. and as we all know, wolf, congress has a lot on its plate right now. >> certainly it does. lisa, thank you. >>> the shooting in connecticut has set wheels in motion on gun control and should the laws be changed. some minds are changing and the obama administration is now tackling the issue. >> the president is absolutely committed to keeping his promise that we will act and we will act in a way that is designed, even if he says we could only save one life, we have to take action. we're at walmart with the simmons family. how much is your current phone bill? four sixteen seventy six a month
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